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Entries from April 2013

Episode 37: Did I Stuttgart?

April 30th, 2013 · Comments

In this episode, Ben and Courtney wrap the second week on red clay, which saw Maria Sharapova drive off in a Porsche, and Rafael Nadal continue to drive a bulldozer over nearly any clay court opponent.  We then discuss the coming out of NBA veteran Jason Collins, and the state of gays and lesbians in the tennis world. Why haven't more tennis players come out? We have thoughts. We then answer a question about our best/worst interviews, take a couple numbers, and lastly rant about the relentless pursuit of greatness. Ben may not yet be in the Guiness Book of World Records, but you listeners all have the high mark for awesomeness. Thanks for listening, and tell your friends. And leave us reviews on iTunes and "like" us on Facebook. We like that.

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Episode 36: Money for Nothing

April 25th, 2013 · Comments

In this episode of No Challenges Remaining, Ben and Courtney slide into the clay season with all the gracefulness you'd expect. We discuss Novak Djokovic's surprising win over Rafael Nadal that ended his Monte Carlo monopoly.  We also dissect the massive prize money increases that have been awarded to players this year, what impact they will have, and if they were really necessary.  Then we answer a question about awkward presser questions, and finally regale you with rants and raves about our forays into other sporting arenas, with Courtney's Portland soccer paradise and Ben's thoughts on the hockey media culture. And last but not least, we have way too much fun with Star Head Candle. We cheer for you too, dear listeners.

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Episode 35: You’ve Got Questions

April 18th, 2013 · Comments

On this special all-questions Episode 35, Courtney and Ben try to answer all those tennis questions that have kept you up at night.  Like, for instance, what has propelled Roberta Vinci to the top? Is on-court coaching embarrassing to the WTA or is it simply a case of anti-women's tennis bias? What kind of tweeter has Maria Sharapova turned out to be? And what about golf, which there was a lot of this weekend? Ben and Courtney have a lot of thoughts about golf, and how it relates to tennis. A lot of thoughts. A lot. And then as if to apologize for all the golf, we give you book recommendations with which to fill your tennis shelf. Happy reading later, and happy listening now.

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Episode 34: Charleston, Starring Jelena Jankovic

April 11th, 2013 · Comments

In Episode 34, Ben and Courtney wrap up their time in Charleston, which was more Jankovic-filled than they ever could have been prepared for.  We share with you some of the highlights of her press, and share what it is like to see her hold court off-court.  We also discuss the sister semifinalists Venus and Serena Williams, and give our thoughts on the documentary about the two which was released this week.  We also talk about the many up-and-comers who made their presences known in Charleston, from Madison Keys to Monica Puig, from Genie Bouchard to Mallory Burdette.  Lastly we chat a bit about Davis Cup, where the Americans fell in Potatoland, but the Brits pulled off the greatest sporting triumph in modern history (eyeroll).

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Episode 33: Jessica Pegula

April 3rd, 2013 · Comments

In Episode 33, Ben and Courtney are live in Charleston, where the pralines (and subsequently their waistlines) overfloweth.  We catch up on the Miami finals, including that last minor bit called a third set tiebreak that CBS decided not to show in lieu of college basketball.  We also discuss the happenings so far, including Courtney's on-court escapades with the one and only Venus Williams.  We also recount the dramatical WTA insta-classic that was Mattek-Sands d. Rodionova, and how it got the attention of so many other players.  Lastly, we bring you an interview with Jessica "Jessie" Pegula, the 19-year-old daughter of the Buffalo Sabres owner who notched her first two career WTA main draw wins in Charleston this week, beating tough opponents Garbine Muguruza and Mona Barthel. Pour yourself a glass of sweet tea and enjoy.

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